India and Saudi Arabia to strengthen co-operation to fight terrorism

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the joint press meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb 20, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to set up a strategic partnership council to deepen co-operation to combat terrorism.

(170621) — RIYADH, June 21, 2017 (Xinhua) — File photo taken on Nov. 6, 2016 shows then Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi King replaces Mohammed bin Nayef with Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Wang Bo) (djj)

India’s External Affairs Ministry says Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir discussed the proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a brief visit to New Delhi on Monday.

Without naming Pakistan, Swaraj said an immediate irreversible and verifiable action to dismantle terror infrastructure is essential to fight the menace of terrorism.

India, Saudi Arabia agree on need to exert pressure on countries backing terror
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the joint press meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb 20, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Saudi Arabia wields considerable influence over Pakistan through a sizeable economic support. India expects Saudi Arabia to persuade Pakistan to stop supporting insurgents fighting Indian forces in disputed Kashmir.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered intelligence sharing with India during his visit to New Delhi last month.